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“13 Reasons Why” Proves To Be a Groundbreaking Lesson In Anti-Bullying

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What was she thinking? Why did she do it? Is she telling the truth? Why would a dead
girl lie? All of these questions are asked and answered in the new Netflix Original
series, “13 Reasons Why”. Based on the popular young adult novel by Jay Asher, “13
Reasons Why” explores the life of Hannah Baker, a 17 year old high school junior who
tragically committed suicide. Rather than leave a note, Hannah recorded a series of
cassette tapes, each detailing a person that indirectly motivated her to take her
own life. She intended the tapes be passed on from one individual to the next in the
chronological order of which they appear on the tapes. When the series begins, the
tapes are delivered to Clay Jensen, a close friend of Hannah’s who is shocked and
horrified that he is on Hannah’s list of reasons. He takes his time listening to the
tapes and confronting each person individually about what they did to Hannah, why
they did it, and how they will atone for it.

Katherine Langford gives an incredible breakout performance as Hannah, who is mostly
depicted throughout the series through flashback and Clay’s hallucinations.
Langford does a superb job of playing Hannah with so much built up pain while still
maintaining her easy-going personality. Dylan Minette of “Goosebumps” fame gives a
career-defining performance as the deeply troubled Clay. Minette shows a tremendous
range as the series progresses; he evolves from an average nerdy boy mourning the
loss of his friend into a courageous symbol of justice. Other highlights of the
talented cast include Alisha Boe as Hannah’s erratic ex-best friend Jessica,
Christian Navarro as the mysterious Tony, Justin Prentice as the sexual deviant
Bryce, Brandon Flynn as the troubled Justin Foley, Kate Walsh as Hannah’s grieving
mother Olivia, and Brian d’Arcy James as her husband Andy.

Developed for television by acclaimed playwright Brian Yorkey and “Spotlight”
director Tom McCarthy, “13 Reasons Why” offers one of the most real and honest
portrayals of life in high school ever depicted on screen. It doesn’t sugarcoat any
of the bullying, language, or acts of physical and sexual assault that are often
reported about in schools all over the world. The last two episodes contain
incredibly vicious scenes that are not for the squeamish, though I still feel they
should be viewed for the mere fact that the artists intended it to be uncomfortable
so that we may all have a better understanding as to how victims of abuse feel.

All in all, “13 Reasons Why” provides a clear lesson on how to treat your peers, and
to never forget that you don’t always know what someone may be going through. Highly
Recommended.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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